ASchwarz High res headshotThe Winona State University Lyceum Series will host Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Alan Schwarz at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Schwarz is a National Correspondent at The New York Times best known for his investigative reporting that exposed the truth about concussions sustained in the NFL.

One of Schwarz’s early articles chronicled the life of former NFL player Andre Walters, who committed suicide after being diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or “punch-drunk syndrome.” Common in boxers and alcoholics, this is a brain disease caused by repeated concussions, and results in mental dullness and slowing of muscular movements.

Schwarz’s continuing series on the NFL and concussion treatment has brought concussions and head safety in sports to the forefront of discussions in America. His reporting, plus legislative and public pressure eventually prompted the NFL to end its denials of the long-term risks of football.

This event is free and open to the public.

This event is also part of WSU’s 2015-16 University Theme, “Equity as a Human Right: Building Inclusive Community.”

Since 1989, the Lyceum Series has presented events and presentations for the Winona and Rochester communities that provide unique cultural enrichment and educational opportunities. The Lyceum Series aims to provide speakers in a variety topics, such as the sciences, the arts, politics, literature, popular culture, and more.

Since 1989, the Lyceum Series has presented events and presentations for the Winona and Rochester communities that provide unique cultural enrichment and educational opportunities. The Lyceum Series aims to provide speakers in a variety topics, such as the sciences, the arts, politics, literature, popular culture, and more.

For more information on the 2015-16 Lyceum Series visit the WSU website.

 More information on Lyceum can be found online or by contacting Kathleen Peterson at KPeterson@winona.edu.

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